Where do we go from Rio?

The 2012 UN Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) took place on 5 and 6 July at the UN headquarters in New York. It brought together policy makers, civil society organizations, Members of Parliaments, local authorities and foundations from rich and poor countries. As part of the discussions at the DCF, a series of Face to Face video conversations were organized.

Watch the video conversation, "Where do we go from Rio?" featuring:
Mr. David O'Connor, Chief, Policy Integration and Analysis Branch, Division on Sustainable Development, DESA-Moderator; and
Ms. Joanna Kerr, Chief Executive, ActionAid

Rio+20: The Future We Want

United Nations, New York, 22 November 2011 - To promote next June's Rio+20 conference and the need for sustainable development, the United Nations launched a campaign engaging people in a global conversation on the kind of communities they would like to live in twenty years from now.

USRIO+2.0 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans & Environmental Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, Chief of New Social Media at the eDiplomacy Office at the Department of State Noel Dickover, and Senior Advisor for Innovation at the Department of State Alec Ross deliver remarks at the USRIO+2.0 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development at Stanford University in Stanford, CA on February 2-3, 2012.

Forests in a Green Economy

The role of forests is key for achieving a green economy. Investments in the forestry sector will be essential for the transition to a green economy.

Jonathan Drori: Why we're storing billions of seeds

In this brief talk from TED U 2009, Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity -- one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.

Camille Seaman: Haunting photos of polar ice

Photographer Camille Seaman shoots icebergs, showing the world the complex beauty of these massive, ancient chunks of ice. Dive in to her photo slideshow, "The Last Iceberg."

Catherine Mohr builds green

In a short, funny, data-packed talk at TED U, Catherine Mohr walks through all the geeky decisions she made when building a green new house -- looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? Not the ones you think.

Robert Hammond: Building a park in the sky

New York was planning to tear down the High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad in Manhattan, when Robert Hammond and a few friends suggested: Why not make it a park? He shares how it happened in this tale of local cultural activism.

Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - Video by Government of Brazil

Severn Suzuki speaking at UN Earth Summit 1992

Raised in Vancouver and Toronto, Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been camping and hiking all her life. When she was 9 she started the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO), a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. They were successful in many projects before 1992, when they raised enough money to go to the UN's Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Their aim was to remind the decision-makers of who their actions or inactions would ultimately affect. The goal was reached when 12 yr old Severn closed a Plenary Session with a powerful speech that received a standing ovation.

Richard Palmer - water:sewer:power:food

Richard is an engineer by training, a consultant by profession and an ecologist at heart. In the real world he is employed by the WSP Group to offer design advice on green buildings and urban sustainability. He shares a way to rethink the way we engineer systems.

Sylvia Earle's TED Prize wish to protect our oceans

Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking stats about its rapid decline -- as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

David Keith's unusual climate change idea

Environmental scientist David Keith proposes a cheap, effective, shocking means to address climate change: What if we injected a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?

Sustainable Development mini-documentary

This was supposed to be a contest entry for Econvergence 2009 which was held in the University of the Philippines Los Banos.
Made by Kevin Ferrer, Reyben Liwag, Eric Marquez, and Gab Sebastian from Elizabeth Seton School - Main.
Theme: Sustainable Development

Sustainable development: the bigger picture

Putting sustainability into action, originally made for internal use at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

William McDonough on cradle to cradle design

William McDonough gives a must see presentation showing that if design is an indication of intention then we have only the worst of intentions for humanity, life and the planet.

Industrial Ecology India Part 1

Resource Optimization Initiative (ROI) is an Indian organization that uses concepts and tools of industrial ecology to recommend and promote strategies for sustainable management of critical resources. This video describes the concepts and tools that we use in our work.

Ray Anderson on the business logic of sustainability

At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.

Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.

Majora Carter: 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship

The future of green is local -- and entrepreneurial. At TEDxMidwest, Majora Carter brings us the stories of three people who are saving their own communities while saving the planet. Call it "hometown security."

Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero!

Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for "miracles" to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.

Amy Smith shares simple, lifesaving design

Fumes from indoor cooking fires kill more than 2 million children a year in the developing world. MIT engineer Amy Smith details an exciting but simple solution: a tool for turning farm waste into clean-burning charcoal.

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

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